A Synopsis of the Chester County Intermediate Unit Board of Directors
The Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Board of Directors held its monthly meeting virtually on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Board members from Avon Grove, Coatesville Area, Downingtown Area, Great Valley, Kennett Consolidated, Octorara Area, Owen J. Roberts, Oxford Area, Phoenixville Area, Tredyffrin/Easttown, Unionville-Chadds Ford and West Chester Area school districts were in attendance and the following items were discussed:
Items of Note
- Dr. George Fiore explained to the Board members that this time of year, we normally hold our annual CCIU Outstanding Service Awards Banquet to recognize staff who were selected for our Outstanding Service Award, the Annie Sullivan Award, our Hall of Fame, Years of Service for those staff that have earned 25, 30, 35 & 40 years of service, as well as retirees with 10 years of service or more. Since our buildings are closed due to COVID-19, we had to get creative with the way we celebrated our staff this year. This year, we recognized our staff at a Virtual Awards Town Hall meeting held on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 3:30 p.m. Board members and all staff were invited to attend to help celebrate all of these deserving award winners. Dr. Fiore then recognized all winners in each category and thanked each of them for all they do or have done for our students.
- Ms. Mary Curley, director of communications, Dr. Jacalyn Auris, director of student services, and Dr. Kirk Williard, director of career, technical & customized education, reviewed our modified graduation plans for our students in our programs amidst this unprecedented time of the COVD-19 pandemic where our schools are closed. In addition to the virtual gradations we will be doing a number of special shout-outs to our graduates through videos on social media, placards and presentations directly to the graduates at theirs homes of their cap & gowns. Board members will be invited to participate in a virtual message paper toss, where they will be asked to create a special video message to our graduates. Dr. Williard mentioned that all TCHS campuses will be holding virtual graduations on the same day as the in-person graduations were scheduled to be held. TCHS Pickering will be held on May 29, TCHS Brandywine will be held on June 1, TCHS Pennock’s Bridge will be held on June 3. All graduations will be at 6:00 p.m. on their respective dates and can be watched on YouTube, with access through each of the campus websites. The graduations will be similar format as if it was live. Students and administrators who would have been speaking at their in-person graduation, will be pre-recording their speeches for inclusion in the graduation ceremony. In addition to the graduation ceremonies, other senior-only celebrations have continued to be held virtually including National Honor Society Awards, Senior Awards Ceremony and TCHS Pickering will be holding a virtual prom. Last but not least, each graduate received a yard sign to display letting everyone know they are a 2020 graduate of TCHS. For our Student Services programs, Dr. Auris explained that they also would be holding four graduations this year. The Child and Career Development Center (CCDC), the Gateway program, the CCIU Learning Center and the CHAAMP program, two of which are usually included in the CCDC graduation ceremony. This year, our CHAAMP program is celebrating seven graduates, which is our largest number of graduates in this program and it was an opportunity to celebrate them with their own graduation. The CCIU Learning Center will also be hosting its own virtual graduation this year. Each student will be recognized by the principals and administrators while showing videos of each student in action in their respective program and the videos will then be given to each student as a keepsake. The Gateway students will each speak which will be a special moment to hear all of them tell of their journey through the program. The CCDC held a virtual prom, which was fun for all who attended. All of us wish we could celebrate these monumental milestones in-person, however, we had no choice other than celebrating virtually and to make it as special for all of our graduates as possible. Congratulations to all of our 2020 graduates!
- Dr. George Fiore, executive director, reported on our recent 2020 Opening Day – COVID-19 Summit, which was attended by over 600 educators across the County to discuss the reopening of schools come Fall. Each participant was placed in a job-alike group to discuss four scenarios of reopening of schools. There were lengthy discussions with a lot of ideas and participants felt it was a great meeting. The notes from the meeting will be compiled and shared with each participant to help each school district begin thinking of what their districts will have to do to reopen come fall based on Governor Wolf’s orders at that time. Other IUs have reached out to CCIU to receive information and help to conduct their own summit in their own county. We are a role-model for other IUs and are very proud of our Chester County districts, who are great partners!
The CCIU Board of Directors approved the Affiliate Scholastic Esports Program agreement, in which CCIU is named as an affiliate of the North American Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF).
The CCIU Board of Directors approved all recommended personnel action items, including routine terminations/ resignations/retirements, nominations, changes in status, creation of positions, supplemental salaries and pay rates.
The next CCIU Board of Directors meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 17, 2020 at 7:30 p.m. either virtually or at the Educational Service Center, 455 Boot Road, Downingtown, PA, pending the Governor’s orders.